Content tagged with "gamebird"

Northern Bobwhite (Bobwhite Quail)

Photo of male northern bobwhite
Colinus virginianus
With its distinctive, clear “bob-WHITE!” calls, the official state game bird is often heard before it’s seen, especially since its brown-and-white coloration helps it to disappear into its habitat. More

Permits and Requirements for Captive Game Birds

This brochure outlines the permits needed to release captive game birds. More

Ruffed Grouse

Photo of ruffed grouse standing on a rock ledge
Habitat loss is a primary reason grouse numbers have declined. They require different specific habitats during different parts of their seasonal cycle. MDC is working to assist landowners to provide the habitat grouse need for food, cover, breeding, drumming, nesting, and overwintering. More

Ruffed Grouse

Photo of ruffed grouse standing on a log
Bonasa umbellus
Restoration efforts are raising the numbers of this chickenlike bird in our state. Look for brown, rufous, and gray streaks, bars, and bands. A dark ruff on the neck appears on both sexes but is used by the male in courtship displays. More

Ruffed Grouse

Photo of ruffed grouse standing on a log
The ruffed grouse is a chickenlike bird with brown, rufous, and gray color morphs. Adults are streaked above and barred below. The tail has a dark bar near the tip, but females lack the dark band on central tail feathers. Both sexes have a dark ruff on the neck. There is also a crest atop the head, though it sometimes lies flat. More

Ruffed Grouse Booming

Photo of male ruffed grouse performing booming display
Both sexes of ruffed grouse have a dark ruff on the neck; the male uses the ruff in spring to display to females. In April, males perform distinctive courtship displays at dawn and dusk, usually standing on a fallen log and making rapid forward wingbeats, creating a low, pumping noise, with accelerating speed. More

Ruffed Grouse On Nest

Photo of female ruffed grouse on nest
Female ruffed grouse are ground-nesters, usually laying about 6–8 eggs. Habitat improvements implemented to boost grouse populations are good for numerous other species of plants and animals as well. More

Wild Turkey

Photo of male wild turkey walking in mowed grass
Meleagris gallopavo
The large size, iridescent bronze plumage (which can look merely dark at a distance), and naked blue and red head distinguish this ground-dwelling bird from others in our state. More

Wild Turkey (Displaying Males)

Photo of two male wild turkeys displaying
In spring, male turkeys (“toms”) begin gobbling to announce themselves to males and to attract females. Males perform elaborate strutting displays for females, spreading their tails like a peacock and puffing out their feathers. More

Wild Turkey Female

Photo of female wild turkey walking in winter woods
In the 1950s, wild turkey populations in the state were at an all-time low of fewer than 2,500 birds in 31 counties; in 2004, hunters checked nearly 61,000 turkeys. Successful management focuses on proper seasonal combinations of food, cover, and water. More